The French Parliament and the European Union

Backbenchers Blues

  • Olivier Rozenberg

Part of the French Politics, Society and Culture book series (FPSC)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
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    Pages 1-8
  3. Olivier Rozenberg
    Pages 59-99
  4. Olivier Rozenberg
    Pages 165-191
  5. Olivier Rozenberg
    Pages 223-261
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    Pages 263-276
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 277-286

About this book


This book explores how the European Union has changed the French Parliament since 1992. It supports the view that the institutional adaptation of both assemblies to European affairs is largely superficial as it lacks a genuine involvement from members of parliament. Nevertheless, the role of backbenchers has changed in the context of European integration. New ways of behaving, thinking and representing have emerged. From specialized representatives to constituency members, from presidential aspirants to Eurosceptic sovereigntists, French national parliamentarians have adapted differently to the EU. Far beyond the sole scrutiny of European draft legislation, the book provides a comprehensive map of this changing environment. It supports the view that the process has been driven by the search for day-to-day emotional gratifications rather than utilitarian strategies.

Olivier Rozenberg is Associate Professor at the Centre for European Studies and Comparative Politics, Sciences Po, Paris, France. He has co-edited books on parliamentary roles and questions, national parliaments, and parliamentary studies more generally.


French parliament European Union institutional adaptation Europeanisation Euroscepticism sovereignty French deputies parliamentary roles Assemblée nationale National Parliamentarians constituency member subsidiarity electoral aims sovereigntists National Assembly career politician political outsider social Europe EU committee European integration

Authors and affiliations

  • Olivier Rozenberg
    • 1
  1. 1.Centre for European Studies and Comparative PoliticsSciences PoParisFrance

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